The Therapeutic Riding Club has been offering therapeutic equine experiences at Arion Therapeutic Farm since 2009 and recently expanded to include a new Learn To Ride program.
What is Therapeutic Riding? Therapeutic riding, also known as adaptive horse riding or equine assisted activities, is designed to meet each student’s individual physical and emotional needs. Basic equestrian skills are taught and structured to gently challenge the students through exercises games, and movement. The benefits are endless. Students gain more than strength and flexibility; they gain friendships, build confidence and improve self-worth.
Are you nervous to start riding? Start on the ground with our Miniature Horsemanship Program.
Please see our new and improved: Pricing List
To become a rider please fill out the Application Form as well as any other supporting documents needed:
X-Ray Verification (Riders with Downs Syndrome must also download this form)
Please Fill in all required forms before coming to the Arion Farm’s Welcome Wagon. Payments are made at the Office.
What a typical lesson includes: We believe students should be involved in as much as the process as possible. Everyone is capable of progression and we support this through our structured and individualized programs.
- Meet and greet
- Obtain equipment with assistance as needed
- Help catch the horse in the paddock
- Groom the horse and tack up
- Riding component (for some this is a short walk for the therapeutic benefits, for others itès a true riding lesson)
- Un-tack, brush and return horse to the paddock
- Return all equipment
- Give the horse a treat and leave feeling empowered!
“We would like to thank you for the opportunity to complete our Community Service Learning (CSL) at Arion Farms.
We are grateful for the knowledge and appreciation we have gained towards the benefits of therapeutic riding. We are excited to have taken this knowledge back to our peer group and will continue to raise awareness of your services within our community throughout our nursing career. Working with Arion Farms has shown us how nurses can work beyond the traditional nursing skills and fill the needs of services within the communities, such as Arion.”
Elizabeth Green and Nathaniel Kremic- Practicum Students, UBC Okanagan School of Nursing